Yup its Twisty Tuesday! Today I'll tell you why we do the twist and why I love twists so much.
Wring out the old and in with the new!
Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar describes twists as a "squeeze and soak action," like a sponge. As the internal organs are compressed in a twist they must push out blood and toxins. When we come out of a twist, new blood flows in carrying the nutrients we need to heal and renew. You are squeezing out the old and making way for the new. Which is why I'm sure many of us have to pee so badly after a twist, all those toxins have to go somewhere right?!
Doing a twist a day is healthy to squeeze out all those toxins we hold in our bodies that we no longer need. But it's not just for the bad junk in the body, it actually helps the spine become more supple. For those who sit all day in chairs I'm sure your back tends to get very tense and stiff. Do a couple of seated twists to loosen it up. No, I don't mean twist in the chair and crack your back, do the other side and you are done. I know because I used to do that too. What I'm talking about is sit in the chair or on the floor, twist and hold for a few breaths, release and do the other side.
I love twists and especially love binds in a twist. A bind can deepen the twist and must be practiced carefully. They are great shoulder openers, so be careful getting that arm back and around to grab the wrist or foot. Like I mentioned earlier they compress the internal organs, but in a mind its intensified. When I first started my practice I was not too comfortable in twists and found it extremely difficult to breathe. Well no duh! Your organs are being squished together, not comfy and relaxing. But at some point you will find that ease and peace in the twist and bind. My back used to hate being twisted around and in compensation my chest and stomach would puff out. It took a lot of practice, concentration and becoming in- tune with my body find the comfort in the twist. Instead of turning from the outer body, turn from the inner body by drawing the navel in and letting the psoas fall back and lift up.
Remember if twists are the poses you are avoiding, it's probably because you need them the most.